Live – War in Ukraine: At least 18 people were killed in a strike near Odessa

Zhelensky “thanks” for the new distribution of military equipment from France to Ukraine

The President of Ukraine on Friday said that he was “grateful” for the increase in France’s security assistance to Ukraine by President Emmanuel Macron. France announced Thursday 6 Provision of security equipment for Ukraine, including Caesar rifles and armored vehicles.

“We need it today to protect Ukraine,” the Ukrainian president wrote.

What is the Lugano Conference in Ukraine on Monday and Tuesday?

The Lugano Conference – known as the “Ukraine Recovery Conference” – was planned before the war to discuss reform and the fight against corruption, but the Russian invasion on February 24 turned the forum into a forum to discuss the restructuring of Ukraine. Ukraine’s allies, international organizations and the private sector will meet on Monday and Tuesday in Switzerland – in Lugano – with the aim of developing a “Marshall Plan” for the country’s reconstruction.

The meeting “is now beyond the framework of reforms and aims to rebuild Ukraine”. Swiss Federal Foreign Office explains. “This is an opportunity for Switzerland to place its intellectual, dedicated and unique position in the service of Ukraine as a European country that is not a member of the European Union or NATO.”

Swiss hosts believed they could welcome Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky in person, but due to the conflict, Prime Minister Denis Schmidt will lead the largest group of people leaving the country since the start of the war, including six ministers, members of parliament and regional representatives. Managers. The President of Ukraine is accustomed to intervening online.

In all, there will be eight heads of government, 15 ministers and representatives from 38 countries and 14 organizations, 350 private sector representatives and 210 civil society representatives. Like the heads of state of Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic, European Commission President Ursula van der Leன்n has confirmed his visit.

NATO Deputy Secretary-General says NATO “chooses to deliberately control rising risk”

In recent years, BFMTV’s Kamil Grant, deputy secretary general, explained this Friday that “Russia has a very deliberate choice to ignore cooperation with NATO and Europe” and “obviously marks a major turning point in the war in Ukraine.” Of NATO.

NATO’s role in this conflict is to ensure the security of NATO members and the population, and in this sense to avoid escalating with Russia, he explains. “There is a very deliberate choice not to turn this conflict into a war in Europe, so the increased risk must be curbed by avoiding aggressive rhetoric and not responding to a limited number of poses and speeches by President Putin.”

“NATO allies are strong in defending Europe against the threat of escalation, and are strong in support of Ukraine, but Russia has the ability to find ways and means to reunite in cooperation with other countries,” he explains.

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“A historic moment”: the flag of the European Union is brought to the Ukrainian parliament

The EU flag was brought to the Ukrainian parliament this Friday, while delegates were able to hear EU President Ursula van der Leyen via video conference. “A Historic Moment”, Rada leader Ruslan Stefanchuk tweeted.

The end of the French presidency of the European Union: an edict “has become history throughout Ukraine and throughout Europe” says Zhelensky

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky congratulated Emmanuel Macron on the “victory” of the French presidency of the European Union, which ends this Friday. It “has become history throughout Ukraine and throughout Europe,” he writes, together with “we are strengthening Europe.”

The French presidency of the European Union was actually marked by the war in Ukraine and by this country’s candidate for entry into Europe. Volodymyr Zhelensky also greeted the Czech RepublicOn Friday he assumes the leadership of the European Union for six months.

Ursula van der Leyen says Europe will “do everything” to help Ukraine win this war

“Europe will do everything in its power to help Ukraine win this war,” he told the Ukrainian parliament on Friday. He also praised the “courageous” response of the Ukrainian people.

Russia stands for unconditional respect for international law, “said Sergei Lavrov

During a meeting with his Belarusian counterpart on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pledged that “we uphold unconditional respect for international law.” A bizarre statement as Russia has been accused for months of violating international law in its occupation of Ukraine.

“We will maintain this position with our Belarusian partners and our many like-minded partners who share these attitudes,” he said.

Telephone exchange between Macron and Putin, four days before the start of the war in Ukraine

On February 20, 2022, four days before the start of the war in Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone with Vladimir Putin. They spoke specifically about the situation in Donbass, where pro-Russian separatists have been opposing the Ukrainian government since 2014.

“The texts of the laws are proposed by separatist groups, not by democratically elected officials,” Emmanuel Macron introduced to his Russian ally. “This is not a democratically elected government, they came to power through a bloody coup,” Vladimir Putin responded, denouncing the lack of dialogue on the part of Q.

The exchange ends with an agreement for a meeting with US President Joe Biden, before Vladimir Putin is ousted. “To hide anything from you, I wanted to play ice hockey because here I’m talking to you from the gym,” he tells Emmanuel Macron.

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At least 18 people have been killed in a Russian attack in Odessa

The number of strikes in Odessa increased further on Friday morning. Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense has announced that at least 18 people have been killed in a Russian bombing raid on a Ukrainian city. The previous count was 17 deaths.

“A complete madness”: A Ukrainian soldier describes being fired from an Azovstale factory in a fire

Soldier of the Georgie Kubarashvili Azov Regiment. He was hit by two bullets in the abdomen and had to be evacuated from the Azovstal factory in Mariupol, where he was stationed when the Russians captured the area. “We were picked up at 4am and it was difficult to get to the landing zone because even at night Russian planes were flying and bombing Azovstall,” he told BFMTV.

“It took us more than an hour to cover the 2km distance. We had to hide and seek refuge very quickly. It was very dangerous,” he recalled. In the area of ​​departure, the soldiers there opened fire with the Russians because “the helicopter must be secured to pick up and drop the wounded soldiers”.

Departed under bombings and shootings. “This expulsion is complete madness. I have lived through many wars, many activities, but this kind of madness was the first time,” the soldier explains.

The European Union (EU) has called on Ukraine to expedite anti-corruption reforms

Many upgrades are needed to integrate the EU. Ursula van der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, said on Friday that Ukraine, the official candidate, should expedite anti-corruption reforms in particular. He praised the companies that have already been set up to establish the reforms and “anti-corruption machine”, but said that “now these companies need the right people in the right places of action and positions of responsibility”.

“The road to Ukraine is long, but Europe will be with you every step of the way,” he said, “for every reform it takes.”

Ukrainian refugees at a Hindu temple on the northern Irish island

In the middle of the calm waters of Lake Ern in Northern Ireland, the island of Inish Rath contains the temple of the Hare Krishna community, which became a sanctuary for Ukrainian worshipers who fled the martyrdom city of Mariupol after the Russian invasion. They are members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Ukraine.

“Believers, the attention of the people living nearby, the atmosphere of the temple … provides spiritual protection,” said Ruskin Kabibulin, a member of the movement, a refugee with his wife and 14-year-old son. ‘Island.

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This spiritual movement is a branch of Hinduism. Founded in the 1960s, it spread rapidly to Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union and has one million members worldwide.

The death toll in Odessa has risen to 17

Kyiv says at least 17 people have been killed in attacks on buildings in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine. The previous count was 14 deaths. According to a recent report by the Ukrainian Emergency Services, a missile fired by a “strategic plane” from the Black Sea killed “14 people and wounded 30, including three children”.

Another missile fired by the same plane struck two nearby buildings, killing “three people, including a child”, rescuers added. Rescue operations for the fire are ongoing.

Strike near Odessa: Death toll rises to 14

At least fourteen people have been killed in a missile attack on a building in the southern Ukrainian region of Odessa, which was shot down by a “strategic plane” from the Black Sea in Kiev when the Ukrainian army withdrew a strategic island from the Russians. In order to control sea routes.

At least 30 people were injured, including three children, according to Ukrainian officials. Ten people were reported dead in the previous count. According to a recent report by the Ukrainian Emergency Services, a missile fired by a “strategic plane” from the Black Sea killed “14 people and wounded 30, including three children”.

kyiv has begun exporting electricity to the European Union

On Thursday evening, President Volodymyr Jagansky announced that Ukraine had begun exporting electricity to the European Union via Romania in a “significant” way.

The President of Ukraine said on Thursday that “an important step has been taken in our good relations with the European Union,” whose candidacy for the EU was approved by twenty-seven last week.

kyiv “has begun to significantly export electricity to Romania, to the EU,” he said in a video address, adding that “this is only a first step.”

A missile strike in the Odessa region has killed at least 10 people

A senior Ukrainian official announced overnight from Thursday to Friday that 10 people had been killed in a missile attack in the Odessa region of southern Ukraine.

“The death toll in an apartment building has risen to 10,” said Sergius Brodchok, Odessa regional executive spokesman.

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